July 6, 2010

Senate confirms Winston Tabb appointment to library board

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the appointment of Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums at Johns Hopkins, to the National Museum and Library Services board.

Tabb was nominated by President Barack Obama in January and was one of five individuals confirmed in June to serve as an adviser to the Institute of Museum and Library Services on general policy and practices, and on selections for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The board includes the IMLS director and deputy directors, and 20 members of the general public with demonstrated expertise and commitment to libraries or museums.

The board is the advisory body for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The institute works to create strong libraries and museums through programming at the national level, and in coordination with state and local organizations.

At Johns Hopkins, Tabb directs the integration of new information technologies throughout the university’s libraries and, as head of the University Libraries Council, leads and coordinates Johns Hopkins’ entire system of libraries. He is also director of the Sheridan Libraries, which include the Milton S. Eisenhower Library and Hutzler Reading Room on the Homewood campus, the George Peabody Library at Mount Vernon Place, the John Work Garrett Library at Evergreen Museum & Library and the libraries at the university’s campuses in Washington, D.C., Rockville, Md., and Columbia, Md. Tabb also oversees Homewood Museum and Evergreen Museum & Library.